Dec 5, 2013, West Hollywood- Legendary photographer, Douglas Kirkland, was at Ron Robinsons/ Fred Segal on Thursday December 5th, 2013 to sign copies of his new book ‘A Life in Pictures: The Douglas Kirkland Monograph’.
Champagne flowed as guests enjoyed holiday shopping and talking with Douglas Kirkland about iconic stars that he has photographed over the years.
Some of those in attendance included Dr. Stuart Lerner, Fred Segal store owner Ron Robinson, VP of Fred Segal Karen Meena, Fred Segal Manager Donyale Anise, writer/director Tjardus Greidanus, director Christy Oldham, and singer Donavon Heather.
About Ron Robinson
In 1978, Ron Robinson, Inc. opened its doors at Fred Segal on Melrose Avenue, and has grown exponentially ever since. Having worked directly for Fred Segal as a salesman, buyer and then Vice President for nearly a decade prior, Robinson found it to be the perfect time to take his knowledge and expertise and build on the traditions he had learned, as well as make some of his own. Since then, his stores have continually changed the face of shopping and fashion!
Today, Ron Robinson boutiques are located on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles and on Broadway in Santa Monica as part of the Fred Segal centers. In the late 70's, Robinson started with a men's casual sportswear store grew to offer a variety of hard-to-find labels spanning from local L.A. designers to unique Japanese and international brands. Five years later he expanded with a beauty boutique that he named APOTHIA (a blend of the words "apothecary" and "utopia") and a children's store named LIFESIZE. Robinson's desire to cultivate a shopping experience with key lifestyle and design items - the fashion you live with - created StylObjects.
Douglas Kirkland (born 1934 in Toronto, Ontario) is a prominent photographer based in the United States. At age twenty-four, Kirkland was hired as a staff photographer for Look magazine and became famous for his 1961 photos of Marilyn Monroe taken for Look's 25th anniversary issue. He later joined the staff of Life magazine.
A Who's Who of notable persons have posed for Kirkland from the great photography innovator Man Ray and photographer/painter Jacques Henri Lartigue to Dr. Stephen Hawking. Entertainment celebrities he has photographed include Mick Jagger, Sting, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Morgan Freeman, Orson Welles, Andy Warhol, Oliver Stone, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Leonardo DiCaprio, Coco Chanel, Marlene Dietrich, Brigitte Bardot, Judy Garland, Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, Catherine Deneuve, Michael Jackson, and Diana Ross. Kirkland's portrait of Charlie Chaplin is at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Kirkland is contracted for work around the world and has worked in the motion picture industry as a special photographer on more than 150 films including 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Sound of Music, Sophie's Choice, Out of Africa, The Pirate Movie, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Romancing the Stone, Titanic, and Moulin Rouge!. Some of his famous film shots include John Travolta in the dance sequence from Saturday Night Fever, a portrait of Judy Garland crying and the March 1976 Playboy pictorial of Margot Kidder. In 1995 Kirkland received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American motion pictures Society of Operating Cameramen.
Acclaimed Indie filmmaker and business entrepreneur Christy Oldham, is the founder of Los Angeles based film production companies, Mercury Rising Films and DemiGoddess Pictures and is CEO of Healthy Dogs!, a pet sitting company serving some of Hollywood’s most elite celebrities. She has written, produced, directed and starred in numerous award winning feature films that are in world wide distribution. Look for her latest vigilante social message thriller, ‘Barracuda’, winner of 3 Best Picture awards, the fall of 2013 on VOD and DVD.